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A glimpse back to the Past.
One of the many mediocre sports films, it is also a film that children may like because a child plays the main role. Not many films are made today where that is true. Also, for anyone who lived in Pittsburgh in the 1950's as I did as baseball fan as a teen the pics of a terrible team (before the religious intercession) were real. The only way you could see them play was going to the games at ancient Forbes Field. There was practically no parking available, and nearby residents made a fortune charging for a space in their drive, or even on the street in front of their homes. Most of us traveled via street cars which are now parked in museums. The Pirates and their Fall companions were the Steelers, who played most of their games here, were as bad as the Pirates. For those of us who rooted for losers, the eventual glory days of both frnachises explains the dedication of Pittsburgh fans today. The film captures some of the actual back ground of the city, which was similar to most cities of that time. I would put nostalgia as the main reason to watch this film.
Ordinary, except for...
- Cary Moy
Most sports-themed movies are cliche-ridden and unimpressive. Unfortunately this one is no different. What makes this film interesting is that Forbes Field and the Pittsburgh Pirates were featured. Forbes was easily the most unique of the three ballparks that have served Pittsburgh since 1909. At the time this movie was released, the Pirates were in the midst of an eight-year stretch (1950-1957) of occupying the bottom two spots of the National League. Included were five last-place finishes and three straight seasons of 100 losses including a franchise-worst 112 in 1952.When compared to its equally mediocre 1994 remake, the original generally gets more favorable reviews. One thing is certain about the remake: it was a Disney production about a ballclub that would later be owned by Disney that played its games just down the street from Disneyland.
Sports, emotions, humor and religion
- Jarrod McDonald
I'm surprised how emotional I was watching this film. It just really touched me. I knew there would be a romance, and I figured the little girl would be adopted by the crusty manager...but this film was more than predictable cliches...it really has heart! it's also nice seeing Janet Leigh in a light role, thousands of miles away from her victim-turn in 'Psycho.' This film holds up surprisingly well (I watched it for the first time today, 58 years after it was produced). I have no desire to watch the Disney remake from the mid-1990s. This version seems perfect to me in EVERY way. Clarence Brown's direction is top-notch, the screenplay is excellent; and the supporting players (especially Wynn and Byington) really add to the lead performances. There are big-name cameos from that era, and there is a nice role for the actor who played Andy Hardy's dad. Great film! I would suggest watching 'Pat & Mike' after this one, since it's also a sports-related comedy from roughly the same time frame, with Tracy & Hepburn.
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
- Jay Higgins
Angels in the Outfield is great fun, very light and entertaining. It's very well cast, especially Paul Douglas - he does a terrific job. Very well done screenplay.
The First Version... Great...!
- Perry Bozo Walkov
This is the original version of the movie released in 1994 (Danny Glover with the Angels). Paul Douglas does a truly wonderful job as the rough, tough manager of the Pirates. This is the classic version that belongs in anyone's library. This is another of those movies you can watch over and over again.
Fun and positive.
Great flim. Funny how a game can bring real life problems and people together. It really lends alot of common ground for people to let their guard down and converse.
Excellent family movie
- David Lunardini
Also being a Pittsburgh native I love the scenes of Pittsburgh and of old Forbes Field. Being able to purchase the movie is worth just having a pictoral rememberance of the old ball park.
What a Jem!
- Rich Heierling
What a great film. The script is a bit predictable, but the film still holds your interest. I had only seen the remake which I didn't care for. After seeing this version I stand amazed at what was lost in the 90s version. Real nice little hints as to the devine having an influence on the main character. Did you notace the shadow of the cross on his back after he enters the orphanage? There are others I notaced too. You'll have to find them. I'm sure there are some I missed too. I was very disapointed to discover it is not available on DVD. Thank you TCM for showing these old jems. It's the only channel I watch.Rich
A Great Movie
Angels In The Outfield was a great movie. I could not leave and miss one second of it. Watching the original justified my feelings about remakes. I had not even been aware that the 1994 version was a remake,until today.Thank You TCM for airing this.I would Love for this to be out on DVD soon as I am dying to buy it.